Comedian Trevor Noah has responded to criticism of a racist joke he told in 2013 about Aboriginal Australian women, saying that he had “vowed never to make a joke like that again”.
Noah, now host of The Daily Show in the US, faced a backlash after video of the joke was freshly circulated online.
He was condemned by several indigenous Australians. Some called for a boycott of Noah’s upcoming Australian tour.
Noah said it was “right” to denounce the joke, which centred on appearance.
In the footage of the 2013 stand-up show, Noah is shown saying that “all women of every race can be beautiful”.
He continues: “And I know some of you are sitting there now going, ‘Oh Trevor, yeah, but I’ve never seen a beautiful Aborigine.'”
Noah goes on to say “it’s not always about looks”, before mimicking playing a didgeridoo in a suggestive manner.
On Monday, the comedian acknowledged the joke was wrong – and referred to having visited the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Melbourne.